Darina will reward you for the wait…allow 20 weeks from sowing to enjoy a good crop of well flavoured slightly oval roots (you will see what I mean when you slice across them) which seem very resistant to splitting (so much easier when scrubbing them!) Price for 150 seeds.
SOW: at no more than 10mm deep from April to July (dig the soil thoroughly first). Sow sparingly to avoid the need for too much thinning. Sowing after late June can help your crop to avoid the worst of the carrot fly.
GROW: keep moist and weed free – they don’t like the competition. Be patient as Darina will need 20 weeks from sowing before you start to harvest: late August to December depending on when you sow.
EAT: enjoy the flavour when pulled fresh from the garden. Can be stored in a poly bag in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. To Freeze - slice or dice larger carrots, freeze baby carrots whole, blanch for 3 minutes, plunge in cold water, drain and pack into convenient sized potions.